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    Lady Indians Lose to Quinter

    Earn 4th Place in NWKL Tourney

    The St. Francis Lady Indians placed fourth in the Northwest Kansas League Basketball Tournament this past weekend. The Lady Indians were defeated by Quinter in the third place contest by a score of 31-50.

    The contest was close throughout the first quarter and a half, but a 13-0 run by the Lady Bulldogs late in the second quarter gave Quinter an advantage that the could not be overcome. St. Francis opened the contest with a 5-0 run getting an opening free-throw from Reagan Beims, a stick-back basket by Hanna Bracelin, and score in the lane by Zoe Sundstrom (assist Bracelin). Quinter did not score until the 2:44 mark of the first period when 5' 10" junior Peyton Havlas sank one-of-two from the line. A Havlas post basket trimmed the lead to two points, but then an assist from Lindsey Johnson set up a right-corner trey by Bracelin. Sarah Bird (5' 5" senior) answered with a left-wing trey moving the score to 8-6. The quarter closed after a free-throw by Emileigh Dinkel with the Lady Indians leading 9-6.

    Lindsey Johnson opened the second period with a post basket for St. Francis (assist Hanna Bracelin). Brooke Blackwill (5' 5" senior) answered for Quinter on a shot from the left-wing. St. Francis called time-out after a press-offense score by Taighe Weeter leading 13-8. Blackwill scored on an out-of-bounds play after the teams returned to action. Weeter followed with an offensive rebound basket (15-10). It would be the last score for the Lady Indians in the first half. At 4:39, Blake Selensky (5' 5" sophomore) sank two free-throws to initiate a 13-0 Quinter run. The Lady Indians' 16 first half turnovers were taking a toll. Though neither team was shooting very well, the extra possessions Quinter was receiving on SF miscues gave the Lady Bulldogs additional possessions. The teams went to the locker room with the Lady Indians trailing 15-23.

    Reagan Beims scored on the first Lady Indian possession of the second half. An assist by Hanna Bracelin led to a Beims post score on the following possession trimming the deficit to 19-23. The basket would be the last score for the Lady Indians for several minutes. Meanwhile, the Lady Bulldogs would receive a top-of-the-key trey by Selensky, an out-of-bounds play score by Kylie Crist (5' 5" junior), an offensive rebound basket by Bird, plus two-additional free-throws. The run increased the deficit to 19-30. The run was finally halted by a baseline score by Beims (assist Lindsey Johnson). Quinter added the next three baskets; a trey by Bird plus  a trey and deuce by Rebekah Kitch (5' 5" junior). The scores increased the margin to 21-37. With 1:45 remaining in the third period, Lindsey Johnson scored on a baseline drive. Emileigh Dinkel then added two free-throws and a steal-two. The Lady Indians trailed 27-37 after three periods.

    The Lady Indians did not earn a basket in the final period. Quinter opened the final period with another scoring run getting 9 unanswered points in the early minutes of the quarter. A few of the Lady Indians 11 second half turnovers occurred during the exchange. Mid-way through the period, the Lady Indians trailed 27-46. With 3:19 left in the game, Taighe Weeter drained consecutive free-throws to get the Lady Indians point total moving again. Hanna Bracelin added another free-throw about a minute later. Quinter's Evie Gruenbacher (5' 5" sophomore) scored the final four Quinter points. A final free-throw by Bracelin complete the games scoring. St. Francis lost to Quinter 31-50.

    Quinter received balanced scoring from four players:  Havlas 11, Blackwill 9, Bird 9, and Greunbacher 9. The Lady Bulldogs made 12 of 19 from the the stripe.

    Players scoring for St. Francis included:  Reagan Beims 8, Taighe Weeter 6, Hanna Bracelin 6, Emileigh Dinkel 5, Lindsey Johnson 4, and Zoe Sundstrom 2. St. Francis made 8 of 13 from the free-throw line.

    The Lady Indians will play Rawlins County in St. Francis on Tuesday, January 24.

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    Lady Indians Smacked by Defending Champs

    The Dighton Lady Hornets easily defeated the Lady Indians in the semi-final round of the NWKL Tournament in Oberlin on Friday, January 20. If the defending state champion's two outstanding seniors and host of complimentary personnel were not enough, the Lady Indians' numerous miscues certainly did not help. The Lady Indians scored five or less points in three of the four quarters enroute to a 16-57 loss.

    The game begin with a technical foul on the Lady Indians due to a score book error. The Lady Hornets took a 5-0 lead on a post basket by Jordan Speer (5' 11" senior). St. Francis answered with a top-of-the-key trey by Lauren Johnson (assist Taighe Weeter). It would be the only basket of the period for the Lady Indians. As the Lady Indians' turnovers mounted (many unforced) the margin increased. Dighton's outstanding guard, Sara Cramer scored several first quarter baskets and created general havoc with her defensive skills. She also accounted for much of the Lady Hornets' offensive execution with her ball handling and passing skills. With two minutes left in the first period, the Lady Hornets earned a double-digit lead (13-3) on an offensive rebound basket by Gentry Shapland (5' 5" sophomore). Ella Roberts (5' 10" freshman) scored the final basket of the period from the post. St. Francis trailed 15-3 after one period of play.

    The Lady Indians fared much better in the second period scoring 7 points and only allowing 11. After an opening basket by the Lady Hornets extending their 12-0 run, Karly Bandel scored for St. Francis. Two more quick baskets by the Hornets moved the scoreboard to 5-22. At 4:50, Taighe Weeter drained a trey after an assist by Zoe Sundstrom. Two more Dighton scores followed before Sundstrom sank consecutive free-throws to close the first half. St. Francis trailed 10-26.

    It was all Dighton in the second half. The Lady Indians earned five points in the third period (two baskets by Reagan Beims and a free-throw by Madi Tice) while the Lady Hornets were nearly unstoppable. The Hornets added 26 points to their total in the period. St. Francis trailed 15-51 at the end of three quarters.

    The final period was played with a running clock. The only points scored in the period were two post baskets and an offensive rebound stick-back; all by Dighton's Jordan Speer. St. Francis lost to a very strong Dighton team 16-57.

    Dighton's do-it-all guard Sara Cramer led all scorers with 25 points. Jordan Speer added 14 to the Lady Hornets' point total. Ella Roberts chipped in 10. The Hornets made 9 of 13 from the stripe.

    St. Francis received 4 from Reagan Beims, 3 from Taighe Weeter and Lauren Johnson, 2 from Karly Bandel and Zoe Sundstrom, and 1 from Hanna Bracelin and Madi Tice. The Lady Indians converted 4 of 7 at the line.

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    Indians Move Into Championship Contest

    St. Francis 69, Quinter 47

    The Indians advanced into the NWKL championship game with a 69-47 win over a good Quinter team in the semi-final contest of the NWKL Tournament on Friday. The Indians used smothering defense, strong rebounding, and good offensive execution to earn the win. The Bulldogs only held the lead once (2-3) as the Indians asserted their will gradually throughout the contest.

    Quinter's Lane Keith (5' 8" senior)  swished a left-wing trey giving the Bulldogs their only lead of the contest after an initial stick-back basket by Brock Waters to open the contest. Tate Busse followed with a steal-two. On the next Indian possession, an assist by Waters resulted in a Busse trey. Quinter called time-out at 5:35, and after returning to the floor, received another Keith trey. Quinton Cravens answered with a driving basket to move the score to 9-6. At 4:03, Zack Funk (6' 2" senior) drained consecutive free-throws keeping the score close. Moments later, Taylor Rogers drew a charge on a driving Bulldog establishing a bit more momentum for the Indians. A Waters drive was followed by a out-of-bounds play score by the Bulldogs' Cody Bogart (6' 5" senior). On the next Indian possession, another Busse trey (assist Waters) kept the pressure on. Busse's next trey (assist Dalton Straub) gave the Indians their biggest lead thus far (17-10). Bogart responded with a bucket in the lane preceding a final score by Cravens from the elbow (assist Waters). St. Francis led 19-12 at the first quarter break.

    Dalton Straub's steal lead to a post basket by Quinton Cravens to open the second stanza (21-12). After a Quinter trey, Waters' assist set up another Cravens score. Quinter was not going away without a fight, and Funk soon swished another trey trimming the margin to 23-17. The back-and-forth action continued with a Dinkel left-corner trey (assist Jeremiah Neitzel) and a shot by Quinter's Connor Havlas (6' 3" sophomore) in the lane. Waters then preceded another Havlas post basket with a score. At 3:08, the Indians began to increase the advantage with two free-throws by Neitzel and a steal-two dunk by Tate Busse (34-21). Bogart scored the final bucket of the first half from the post for the Bulldogs. St. Francis led 34-23 at halftime.

    St. Francis opened the second half with a 13-0 run in the first three minutes of the third period. A baseline jumper by Jeremiah Neitzel started the the run. An assist by Tate Busse to Brock Waters soon added a fast-break score. Quinter called time-out at 6:52 trailing 38-23. The Indians soon added a two free-throws by Waters, a Busse steal-two, and a left corner trey by Neitzel (assist Busse). A fast-break basket by Quinton Cravens advanced the lead to 47-23 with five minutes left in the period. Quinter's Keith drained a right-wing trey at 4:12 halting the Indian run. But the Indians weren't done yet. An offensive rebound score by Neitzel and additional baskets by Waters and Cravens pushed the advantage to 51-28. At 1:23, Keith sank another trey for the Bulldogs, The quarter closed after two Busse free-throws. St. Francis had blown the game open with the outburst and now led 53-31.

    Dalton Straub's driving basket opened the final period. After two quick Quinter scores, Tate Busse's assist let to a trey by Brock Waters from the left-wing. Waters returned the assist-favor on the next possession ending with a Busse trey. Quinton Cravens' steal and assist to Busse resulted in the second dunk of the contest for the Indians (64-36). The Indians added scores by Cravens and Brady Dinkel in the closing minutes. St. Francis had played well, defeating a good Quinter team 69-47.

    Tate Busse led all scorers with 24 points. Quinton Cravens added 18 to the Indians' point total. Others scoring for the Indians included Brock Waters 12, Jeremiah Neitzel 9, Brady Dinkel 4, and Dalton Straub 2. The Indians converted 8 of 10 from the line.

    Zach Funk and Lane Keith each scored 12 for the Bulldogs. Connor Havlas added 10. As they usually do, the Indians played smothering defense with fouling, resulting in only four free-throw attempts for the Bulldogs. Quinter scored two points at the stripe.

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    Italian-bred Senior Experiences American Culture First-Hand with Exchange Partnership

    When I think of Italy, I think of Olive Garden. However, when Nicole Bonsignore was taken to Olive Garden, she said it was nowhere close to the real Italian food she is used to.

    Nicole Bonsignore, Saint Francis senior, is a foreign exchange student from Casalromano, Italy.

    Bonsignore came to Saint Francis, Kan., at the beginning of the school year to attend her senior year. Bonsignore said she was excited to come to Saint Francis Community High School. One reason for her excitement was because of all the stories she heard about other kids coming to America. She is also excited she will get two diplomas, one from America and another from her school in Italy after she goes back and attends one more year of school there.

    Bonsignore is an ordinary girl in a different world with different people. Bonsignore said she isn’t used to how intense we Saint Francis sports players are. “I don’t really know many people, but everyone was polite and nice to me,” said Bonsignore.

    Back in Italy, Bonsignore played volleyball and danced. Bonsignore danced contemporary modern dance. During school, she also played volleyball year-round with only two practices a week. Bonsignore played middle front in Italy. Bonsignore said she loves volleyball because her mom played it and she wants to be like her mom on the court. Bonsignore said that her mom always loved the sport, and that she always supports Bonsignore even if she is in America. Bonsignore also said she loves how encouraging her teammates are, even if she makes a mistake.

    “She’s very fun to be around,” said Audrey Meyer, Saint Francis freshman and host family member for Bonsignore. “I enjoy having someone older living in the house with me,” said Meyer. “It’s definitely a change, and there is a lot of new excitement. She's very intelligent, so she has been able to assist me with homework and other experiences that I usually ask my parents about. I think they’re glad that I have someone to share complications with at school, which I have not been able to do with Aiden, my eight year younger sibling, because of the large age difference.”

    Bryce Culwell, Saint Francis sophomore, said Bonsignore is always laughing and smiling. “She’s funny and has a good sense of humor,” he said.

    Bonsignore said leaving her family and friends was the hardest part even though she hasn’t left them forever. She will return to Italy at the end of the school year. Bonsignore said, “I will miss Saint Francis when I will return in Italy.”

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